TKF Project (Tool Kit Framework) - Part 1
- an application hosting framework
- a software development framework
The first use allows for the development of any application which is required to manage records and record sets, for example:
- Collection management eg stamps, coins, collectibles
- Project management
- Personal information management
The framework provides the key structures for:
- record management in a database, currently sqlite and mysql
- a spreadsheet-like graphical interface to the tables and records of the database
- editing and updating of records
- printing of records
- management of files including the editing and display of files
- generation of adhoc result sets from saved queries
Once TKF is installed it can function as a host (ie a container) for any number of applications. The screenshot below (Figure 1) shows a TKF instance that is hosting several applications.
The framework also provides for other more general functions, for example:
- Associating file types with applications you choose. This function is designed to enhance the usual kind
file association typically found as an operating system feature. It offers a couple of key advantages:
- It extends the operating system function by permitting you to choose other alternative programs for edit and open operations.
- Security is improved since you can install programs as a limited rights user and execute these from within a TKF host. This requires that the program you are installing can be installed by a limited rights user, ie the program doesn't require access to a restricted folder.
- Keeping track of website bookmarks. This might seem trivial but in some circumstances it is very
useful to keep your website bookmarks separate from the web browser. For example:
- You are a web developer and need to test your websites using various browsers. Although you may not need to do it can be tedious exporting/importing bookmarks between browsers.
- Using TKF's Open site function you can open a website (ie launch a browser) from within TKF.